KZN ready for Nigeria church collapse survivors

2014-09-23 05:00
(Sunday Alamba, AP)

(Sunday Alamba, AP)

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Johannesburg - Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal are ready to receive patients injured in the Nigeria church building collapse, the province's health department said.

On Monday morning, a plane carrying 25 South Africans injured in the building collapse arrived at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria.

Around 115 people, among them 84 South Africans, were killed and dozens trapped when the multi-storey guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, collapsed on Friday, 12 September.

Head of the KwaZulu-Natal health department Sibongile Zungu said in a statement that the patients were being assessed before any decision would be taken on their transfers to other provinces.

"Once this is finalised and preparations made for any patients to be transferred to our province, we will then ensure they are received at the airport and transferred with our waiting ambulances to the appropriate hospitals," Zungu said.

"We want to assure families that their loved ones will receive the appropriate care and that as a nation we stand united with them in their grief and time of need."

Read more on:    tb joshua  |  nigeria  |  durban  |  nigeria building collapse  |  west africa

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